Top Trends of 2018: Interiors


Just a few of the interior trends coming on the scene in 2018 are large scale floral patterns, fringe and tribal motifs. Some of the continuing trends from the past several years include metallics, with gold (yes, gold… bet you never thought you’d see this one back again) as the most popular metal finish this year. We are still seeing a lot of reclaimed wood and macrame textures this year as well. Continue reading

Top Trends of 2018: Colors

Nothing dates a home more than color trends, but whether you realize it or not, you will likely be drawn to the latest trends. It is also next to impossible to find fabrics for colors that are not trending. What I have found is that if I use just one color that is trending and mix it with something more timeless, that space is going to have a longer life. People are always asking me when they are selecting a color palette, “Is this going to end up looking dated?” I always answer truthfully and the answer is most often “yes”. Continue reading

New Year’s in Austin

If you are looking to experience something a little more laid back and low-key this New Year’s Eve, why not consider visiting one of these lovely Hill Country towns. If you are like me, then your days of a rowdy, loud party with fireworks are a thing of the past. I tend to like to play it a little safe so that I am not out on the road at night, and I prefer to ring in the new year with special friends or family. Continue reading

Christmas in Austin: Food to Eat

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Tamales for Christmas in Austin go together like bread and butter. If you are new to Austin and have not participated in this age old tradition, and if you’re not adventurous enough to have your own tamale making party, then try ordering ahead of time
from one of these great options for your party or to start a great Christmas Eve tradition: Continue reading

Christmas in Austin: Music to Play

Okay, so we don’t get your typical traditional White Christmas here, and at my house we often times eat Thanksgiving and even Christmas dinner on our back patio. Even so, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere for Christmas other than Austin, Texas. Whether you are celebrating Christmas or not, Christmas through New Years Eve here in Austin the people are friendly, the tamales are plentiful and margaritas replace the eggnog. Continue reading

Dine With Design: Christmas

The trends for Christmas this year seem to be very subdued, with a lot of neutral tones. It’s a fresh, clean look that pairs well with the current design trends. I anticipate that in years to come we will start seeing more color again, but you can never go wrong with white and so our Christmas dinner tablescape this year is from a collection we sell called First Snow. It is elegant and beautiful. We don’t get snow in Texas, but we get to pretend a little with this table setting. Continue reading

Dine With Design: Thanksgiving

I have to say that I do believe Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The foods of the season bring back so many good memories of my maternal grandparents. For as long as I can remember, we would all pile in our station wagon and head to my grandparents’ house in the then small-speck-on-the-map town of Dripping Springs. There wasn’t even a grocery store in the town at that time. Other than a few churches and local mom & pop stores, Dripping Springs was literally in the middle of nowhere. My grandmother used to drive all the way in to Oak Hill to purchase groceries. Continue reading

Dine With Design: Mexican

Tex-Mex cuisine is a staple here in Texas, and is also a favorite among a lot of people. You can’t go wrong inviting a group of friends over for a taco bar, enchiladas, or or my famous Bond Family Chili with Beans. I love one-pot meals like this because they are easy to make, and the leftovers just keep getting better. In our family we usually always have Mexican food prior to Christmas. Hopefully, this table idea will come in handy if your family decides to try this idea. Continue reading